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Irene and Her Latin Jazz Band

Interview from Smooth Jazz.com

You’ve just released your second CD. “A Song of You,” which, as with your first project, “Summer Samba,” is a rich tapestry of Brazilian and Latin tunes and rhythms. What brought about the focus for you on this enticing genre of music?

When I started taking singing lessons about eight years ago, I was singing a lot of jazz standards; The Great American Songbook. I began to get bored with that style and started asking my music teacher to add Latin rhythms to those songs on his keyboard when I was singing them. That made it a lot more for fun for me. From there the natural course of events was that I got a book of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and starting learning some of them.

You need to know that when I was a child my mother had her own little informal music appreciation course going on during breakfast every day. She would put on the radio to either a station that played classical music or another one that played jazz standards and some Brazilian tunes here and there. I particularly remember being entranced by “One Note Samba” and would always be delighted when they would play it. When I was in high school someone (and I don’t remember whom) introduced me to Sergio Mendes’ music. I just loved it. My brother who was into heavy metal rock thought I was nuts, but I didn’t care. I listened to every Sergio Mendes recording that I could get my hands on. So, that Brazilian style of music was just something I gravitated towards from a young age.

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IRENE & HER LATIN JAZZ BAND - SUMMER SAMBA (CD)

Irene Nachreiner began as a traditional jazz vocalist singing classic standards from the Great American Songbook, until she met the core member of her band who are from Brazil and Argentina. The chemistry of these two musicians with Irene worked so well, that a decision was made to create Summer Samba, a debut album of smooth Latin jazz. The results are rewarding. Cuts of note include the addictive “Sway,” trailed by the sultry “Summer Samba (So Nice),” the classic “Whatever Lola Wants,” Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Waters of March,” the floating “Little Boat,” and Sergio Mendes’ brilliant “So Many Stars.” The smooth sway of “Samba Saravah” maintains the mood, followed by the standard “Bésame Mucho,” plus Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” shaping Cole Porter’s “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” into a Latin beauty, and puts the finishing touches on a sensuous album with Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” This outstanding album is available at www.IreneSings.com and www.Cdbaby.com, along with several digital download locations

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